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Book Review: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Atria Books


Summary:  An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he...

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Book Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

Summary:   On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy,...

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Book Review: The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

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The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary:  When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.

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Book Review: China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday

Summary:   Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

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Book Review: Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

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Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Random House


Summary:   Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. But two years later, she must return to...

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